3 easy ways to add warmth to your home

By Carlene Duffy

Finally the cooler weather has arrived and I love it! Not only because our Aussie summers can be so hot or because I prefer my winter wardrobe, but because finally the chill in the air means we have the perfect excuse to cosy up our home interiors. And by cosy up, I mean layer up, warm up and soften up. Here’s how with these three simple steps.

1. Go to the dark side

With the change of season, be brave and work with a darker and moodier colour palette than you would normally. Think rich, regal tones, such as sapphire blue and ruby red but this year, in particular, it’s all about green. I find rich emerald green irresistible but you can also lean to an earthier colour palette and opt for shades of olive or moss, which pair beautifully with other earthy hues, such as mustard and terracotta. Use these colours when choosing throws, pillows or accessories.

Belong Communities has partnered with Michael and Carlene from Cedar & Suede to show you how to put together a warm, layered and welcoming living room for winter. Watch the video to learn more tips from them on 2017 trends. 


2. Work with natural materials

Too many synthetic materials in an interior can be soulless and cold. In winter, in particular, it’s important to work natural materials into your scheme. Materials such as timber and marble provide interest and personality with their unique texture and pattern. As for fabric, work with a combination of wool, cotton and linen to achieve a diverse, relaxed, and inviting feel. Velvet, in particular, is having its moment in interiors and in this case, whether it’s natural fibre velvet or synthetic, the smooth, soft touch of the weave adds a sense of regal sophistication to a home.

3. Start on the floor

A rug is key to help zone a space, but it also adds a layer of softness and warmth, which is important in the cooler months. My advice: think big. As a general rule, we tend to purchase our rugs too small. The most inviting and luxurious spaces include rugs large enough so the furniture can sit on top of it, either completely or partially. In the bedroom, the rug should be large enough that it is exposed on either side and at the foot of the bed. You might even consider a runner in the hallway or kitchen and a round rug or cowhide in thoroughfares. Curtains play a key role in winter, too. Not only do they keep out the weather and diffuse harsh light, but aesthetically the soft and fluid fabric adds a sense of luxury and cosiness.

All in all, winter is the time to add to the sense of cosiness with warm, soft layers and with personal touches to create a room that implores you to sit a while and snuggle up.

Thank you to Coral Homes for the use of the space and to our product suppliers, Kira & Kira, Cotton on Home, Clickon Furniture, and Matt BlattSee below for a full list suppliers.

Suppliers List

Photographs by Mindi Cooke 

  • CO:HOME – Astrid candle, $12.95–$29.95
  • CO:HOME - Marlon vase (blue), $12
  • CO:HOME - Bennett cushion (yellow), $68
  • CO:HOME - Sadie cushion (pink), $24.95; Nell throw, $49.95
  • CO:HOME - Cera mini bowl, $6.95
  • CO:HOME – Nell Throw, $49.95
  • CO:HOME – Tilly Waffle Blanket, $99
  • Albus 1 floor lamp, Beacon, $249
  • Lexington 3 seater velvet sofa in seagrass, Matt Blatt RRP$2495
  • Lucy vase, Matt Blatt $60
  • Ashley glass vase, Matt Blatt $75
  • Draper vase, Matt Blatt $68
  • Tube Floor lamp in brass, Clickon Furniture $470.00 (only comes in the brass colour)
  • Chilli low back armchair, Clickon Furniture $2,280.00 (Brown Leather)
  • The Coralie side table in brass, Clickon Furniture $140.00
  • Belynda Henry Wattle print, Clickon Furniture $1,700.00 (Framed and Large)
  • Lisa LaPOinte limited edition Witch Doctor, Clickon Furniture $1,195.00 (Framed and Large)
  • The Dublin Coffee table with brass legs, Clickon Furniture $1,330.00
  • Liquorice Moon small ceramic bowls, Kira & Kira $35.00
  • Pleated lamp in ambre, Kira & Kira $299
  • HK Living Teak coffee table, Kira & Kira, Lg 599 Med $499 Small $399
  • Hay brass tray, Kira & Kira $43
  • Studio Twocan pot, Kira & Kira from $55
  • Timber HK Living side table, Kira & Kira as above
  • MJG Leather Easy Ottoman in tan, Kira & Kira $449
  • Armidillo & Co, Tangier rug, Kira & Kira $1715
  • Bonnie and Neil Dogwood velvet cushion, Kira & Kira $195
  • Design Twins hand painted large pot plant, Kira & Kira Small 139 Med $189 Lg $249
  • Leather Morrocan pouffe, my own, Ebay
  • Justina Blakney print (on black wall), my own
  • Large green antique floral vase
  • Rhino print from The Minimalist
  • Lucky Fisherman art by Sandra Eterovic from Etsy
  • Lady and Flowers art by Sandra Eterovic from Etsy
  • Glass dome, my own
  • Coffee table books, David Jones and my own

Carlene’s own collection – leather pouffe and green oral vase. Artwork: Rhino print from The Minimalist; Lucky Fisherman and Lady and Flowers by Sandra Eterovic from Etsy.

This article has been prepared on May 31, 2017 by Lendlease Communities (Australia) Limited, ABN 88 000 966 and its agents. Every reasonable effort to ensure the accuracy of this article has been taken by Lendlease and its agents.  All product-specific information contained in this article is provided by third parties).  At the time of publication, the contents of this article are accurate to the best knowledge of Lendlease and its appointed agents.  Lendlease on its own behalf and on behalf of its agents disclaims any liability for any loss, damage or claim of whatever nature or kind (including negligence) suffered, sustained or incurred by any person, corporation or other legal entity which arises out of any alleged reliance on the content of this article.